Welcome to Tech Blog Monday Roundup! Start your week with a brief recap of articles we found particularly interesting from the top tech blogs, including TechCrunch, Mashable, Engadget, Gizmodo, ReadWrite, and more.

Tech News from the Week of October 12-22, 2017

TechCrunch: After the end of the Startup era

This TechCrunch article written by Jon Evans, shares his fearful perspective about problems soon to be faced by startups due to the rising power of The Big 5 (Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft). Evans fears the collapse of an era of startup success due to the continuing growth of power possessed by big businesses.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/22/ask-not-for-whom-the-deadpool-tolls/

TechCrunch: What washing dishes, driving a truck and working in a cemetery taught me about the power of ‘blue-collar’ software

This article addresses an often forgotten, but needed market: software for the “blue-collar” industry and how advancements in these technologies can help improve the lives of these workers immensely.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/19/what-washing-dishes-driving-a-truck-and-working-in-a-cemetery-taught-me-about-the-power-of-blue-collar-software/

TechCrunch: Studio makes running more exciting with coaching, music and competition

Studio, an app aimed to incentivize a healthy and active lifestyle, through the efforts to “turn fitness into entertainment”, caught my eye, as it reminded me of the app that creates your workout routine. I have observed this recent trend of more and more of these creative fitness apps launching and am interested to see what is to come as technology continues to advance.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/19/studio-makes-running-more-exciting-with-coaching-music-and-competition/

Mashable: Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets permission to dig a 10-mile tunnel in Maryland

Elon Musk’s vision to significantly decrease traffic congestion through a series of underground tunnels (The Hyperloop) is beginning to piece itself into a reality. The Boring Company’s ultimate plans still await permission from other States beyond Maryland, as well as from the federal government, but is an exciting breakthrough to follow.

http://mashable.com/2017/10/21/elon-musk-boring-company-tunnel-maryland/#PQujjB7YXsqj

Mashable: This 17-year-old artist wants you to know his stutter will never hold him back

This article, which includes an interview of Achilleas himself, highlights an inspirational story about a 17-year old who does not allow a hardship to hold him back and has successfully pursued his passions from an early age.

http://mashable.com/2017/10/22/my-stutter-video-achilleas-souras-art-say/

Engadget; Does social media threaten the illusion of news neutrality?

This Engadget article, written by Edgar Alvarez, discusses the impact social media has on the interpretation of the news. The New York Times made a controversial decision to publicly post their newly formed guidelines about the expectations towards their journalists’ behavior on their personal social media accounts. This article discusses this recent action and possible reactions to come from it.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/20/social-media-illusion-of-news-neutrality/